Share this article

print logo
Gusto

The first signs of spring we like to see are signs for local chicken barbecues. These recent warm weather days have us craving things like hot dogs and barbecued chicken. Why? Who knows, we just do. Thankfully May seems to be the unofficial kickoff to the church-school-fire department-fair-festival-graduation-backyard party chicken barbecue season. From now through fall…

Featured

A few years ago we visited Louisville (including a stop at Maker’s Mark Distillery along Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail) and can tell you the town is mad about its horses, food and of course, bourbon — which they pour like water for drinks. While the Kentucky Derby is on our bucket list, we must be content to celebrate in Buffalo this year. On that note, regardless if you're dr…

Featured

Newfangled cocktails, craft beer and hipster crowds have a place in this world, but today we pay homage to old-school joints that keep the classic traditions going — like The Protocol Restaurant. Opened in 1971 and still owned by the Pelczynski family, The Protocol has 45 years of staying power because of a focus on good food and service. (We applaud the attitude that if …

Featured

As much as we love local restaurants we’d like to give a little love to our local chains that do have a place in the world. For those who didn’t get enough to eat during Local Restaurant Week, be sure to mark April 28 for “Taste of Galleria: Around the World,” which takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. “Weekday events are always a big push for us,” said Marissa Romano, marketing…

Featured

As much as we love local restaurants we’d like to give a little love to our local chains that do have a place in the world. For those who didn’t get enough to eat during Local Restaurant Week, be sure to mark April 28 for “Taste of Galleria: Around the World,” which takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. “Weekday events are always a big push for us,” said Marissa Romano, marketing…

Featured

It’s never too early to start thinking about Mother’s Day, and here’s a gift that also helps out a nice initiative. In partnership with Buffalo's Girls Education Collaborative, Blue Table Chocolates' Ben Johnson tells us he has designed two Tanzanian-inspired truffles as part of a fund-raising effort to help out the organization’s Kitenga Village Project. On its website,…

Featured

“A man is a fool if he drinks before he reaches the age of 50, and a fool if he doesn't afterward,” so said Frank Lloyd Wright (apparently). While we don’t agree with the architectural master on the first point, we are happy to report you have the opportunity to attend two Wright drinking days this spring and summer. As part of its adult education programs, the Frank Llo…

Featured

We have been plagued by the KFC Nashville Hot Fried Chicken commercials (first by Norm Macdonald and now Jim Gaffigan dressed as Colonel Sanders), warning us its hot fried chicken is around for a limited-time only. Buffalo may fry and hot sauce its chicken wings, but Nashville takes it a step further to include every part of the bird which is fried, then given a bath of a…

Featured

Silly us, we mistook Fíero to mean “fire.” Our high school Spanish teacher is no doubt turning in his grave. Loosely translated as “fierce or wild,” we offer a compromise. When the “fierce and wild” winds begin to blow, we recommend heading to Fíero to pretend that Buffalo is a balmy Mediterranean country like Morocco. Key to the Fíero experience is the fabulous stone fi…

Featured

As much as we love our local breweries, we have to give props to Gordon Biersch, a chain establishment that opened at the Walden Galleria in 2011, well before the brewery craze fully hit the area. The large restaurant has a nice open and industrial feel with lots of televisions tuned to sports. Guests can see the beer-making process and Derek Ordway is listed on the “Toda…

Featured

Located in the Hamburg Village Square plaza, ZJ's occupies what was once a Your Host restaurant. (Some of us still call it the Pleasures & Pastimes plaza and remember the defunct diner.) On a late Sunday morning, ZJ’s looked like it just survived a major assault. Waitresses hustled and busboys struggled to keep up with vacated tables. Heading to an afternoon movie, w…

Featured

We may be dating ourselves by asking this question, but who didn’t play “Hot Cross Buns” on the recorder in grade school? That got us to thinking (about our stomach mostly), because we are seeing hot cross buns all over the place. Just what the heck are hot cross buns and what do they symbolize? A quick search reveals quite a lengthy (and fascinating) history tied to Goo…

Featured

Visiting the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church “Friday kitchen” has been on my radar for the past couple of years. My attempt last year was foiled when I learned the basement (the location of the kitchen) was flooded after a fire in the neighborhood. I didn’t quite catch why this happened during my call with the Very Rev. Marijan Procyk (as it was hard to understand …

Featured

It’s the season of religious food traditions and here is a nice one — St. Joseph’s Day. A quick primer: It’s the principal feast day of St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. (A “feast” does not mean a large meal, but rather an annual religious celebration of a Christian saint, although in this case it does involve food). Italians honor St. Joseph with a feast fo…

Featured

National fast-casual Mexican restaurant Qdoba Mexican Eats opened its doors  in Niagara Falls with an event that included visits by Miss New York State, former Sabres Andrew Peters and an appearance by a fun Lucha Libre wrestler (more on that later). Located at the LaSalle Center (next to the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA), the restaurant's menu items include Kno…